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Silver Torch

Silver Torch

Regular price $60.00 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 2-3 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Flower Color: red to burgundy
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Silver Torch, scientifically known as Cleistocactus strausii, is a striking columnar cactus native to the high mountain regions of Bolivia and Argentina. This cactus is particularly admired for its slender, vertical growth and unique silvery-white appearance.

In cultivation, the Silver Torch typically reaches heights of 2 to 3 feet, but it can grow taller, up to 6 feet or more under ideal conditions. It features numerous columnar stems that grow upwards in a dense cluster. The stems are covered in fine, silvery-white spines, giving the cactus a soft, woolly appearance.

Cleistocactus strausii thrives in full sun, which helps to maintain its dense spiny coverage and promotes healthy growth. It prefers well-draining soil and requires moderate watering, being sure to allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. As with most cacti, overwatering can lead to root rot.

One of the most attractive features of the Silver Torch is its flowering habit. The plant produces striking tubular flowers that are red to burgundy, typically appearing in the summer. These flowers emerge horizontally from the stems and are a favorite of hummingbirds.

The Silver Torch is an excellent choice for cactus gardens, rock gardens, or as a unique specimen in a container. Its slender, vertical form and silvery spines make it a visually appealing plant, adding an exotic touch to the landscape or indoor setting.

Overall, the Silver Torch cactus is a low-maintenance and visually stunning plant that can add interest and beauty to a variety of settings. Its unique coloration and striking floral display make it a favorite among cactus enthusiasts and gardeners looking for a distinctive and drought-tolerant plant.

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